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Slavery and the United States Constitution Glossary

Glossary terms are listed in the order in which they appear.

Apportioned Allocated
Slave power The political power held by southerners and used to defend their interests because of the Three-Fifths clause.
Slave comity The respect given by one state’s courts for the laws and judicial decisions of another state.
Posterity Future generations
Ordain To decree or demand
Contemner Someone who commits something contemptible.
Immolation Sacrifice
Omniscience The state of knowing everything
Omnipotence Having unlimited power
Oligarchy A small group of people having control of a country.
Stupendous Astonishing
Imposture The act of being deceiving
Forbearance Self-control, patience
Degenerate Immoral
Ringbolt Base or foundation
Perpetual Lasting forever, unchanging
Bondage Slavery

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